When All You See Is A Glass Half Empty

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I’ve confessed it here before. I’ve lived life pretty much as a glass-half-empty sort of gal. I’m prone to whining and complaining and getting way too dramatic (according to my husband) when things don’t go as planned. Or, let’s say, when things don’t go as I’VE planned. 

God’s plans are a whole other story.

 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”

declares the Lord.
Isaiah 55:8

It’s something I have to work on daily.  But I know that as I seek God’s ways and allow Him to transform my thinking through His Word, my perspective changes.

It’s one of the reasons I started this little blog. To help me see the BIG picture.

Over the years, God has used a variety of means to improve my vision. To keep me focused on all that is good so that I am aware of how blessed I am and how merciful He is.

But I’m a work in progress. Aren’t we all? And I still have to keep reminding myself of this simple truth:

That whenever I acknowledge God’s continual outpouring of grace in my life, there is this surge of gratitude that comes in. And all that is empty begins to fill.

I heard Nick Vujicic share his testimony and couldn’t help but be inspired because, here’s a man who it would appear has a real reason to whine. But he doesn’t.

He uses what we would call his “limitations” to showcase the limitless power of Almighty God.

And when you watch this video, I think you’ll see it as clearly as I did.
The glass, not just half-full but full and running over. 

Man with No Arms and Legs Goes on Oprah to Share the Gospel! from keephopealive on GodTube.

How To See The Whole Forest

“The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.” Psalm 119:130

I have to confess I’m one of those unobservant, tunnel vision types who “can’t see the forest for the trees” sometimes. My husband often comments on how oblivious I am to my surroundings. So, in a noble effort to train my eyes to “see”, I set out for a walk the other day through some woods near my home. I took along my trusty, little camera to document my findings.

Hmmm…

I was looking for some unusual something. A big pop of color maybe – a beautiful flower or bush or bird or…anything. A few minutes in, my eyes straining, I realized that rare, undiscovered treasure I was seeking was eluding me.

All I could see on the sun-dappled trail was nature covered in a cloak of brown and green, tree-trunk shadows on the ground below me and leaf-laden branches drawing my eye further down the path.

Then, it occurred to me that perhaps I just needed to change my perspective.

So I looked up.

Finally, I saw it! A dazzling burst of light cascading from blue sky through yellow-green treetops to brown soaked earth. And then me. Everything looked new, brighter, more alive when I turned my gaze upward.

When I noticed the source of the light, it changed my view of the world around me. It no longer fell like puddles at my feet that I was splashing in on my way to somewhere else. Now, I was bathed in it, like a cleansing rain falling from heaven. Simply because I stopped to look for it.

“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, ‘O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.’ Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha”. 2 Kings 16-18

I want to remember this. On days when I am discouraged, I want to have the faith and vision of Elisha to see more than what’s just in front of me. I want my physical eyes to reflect spirit eyes that see what is above me.

And so I come to the only One who can expand my view. The source of all light, whose word helps me understand the “bigness” of His power to save me and His love to guide me. Through it, I pray God will open my eyes so that, instead of just trees, I can see the whole forest.

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Window Views – A Prayer for Open Eyes

“The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.” Psalm 119:130

I have to confess I’m one of those unobservant, tunnel vision types who “can’t see the forest for the trees” sometimes. My husband often comments on how oblivious I am to my surroundings. So, in a noble effort to train my eyes to “see”, I set out for a walk the other day through some woods near my home. I took along my trusty, little camera to document my findings.

Hmmm…

I was looking for some unusual something. A big pop of color maybe – a beautiful flower or bush or bird or…anything. A few minutes in, my eyes straining, I realized that rare, undiscovered treasure I was seeking was eluding me.

All I could see on the sun-dappled trail was nature covered in a cloak of brown and green, tree-trunk shadows on the ground below me and leaf-laden branches drawing my eye further down the path.

Then, it occurred to me that perhaps I just needed to change my perspective.

So I looked up.

Finally, I saw it! A dazzling burst of light cascading from blue sky through yellow-green treetops to brown soaked earth. And then me. Everything looked new, brighter, more alive when I turned my gaze upward.

When I noticed the source of the light, it changed my view of the world around me. It no longer fell like puddles at my feet that I was splashing in on my way to somewhere else. Now, I was bathed in it, like a cleansing rain falling from heaven. Simply because I stopped to look for it.

“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, ‘O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.’ Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha”. 2 Kings 16-18

I want to remember this. On days when I am discouraged, I want to have the faith and vision of Elisha to see more than what’s just in front of me. I want my physical eyes to reflect spirit eyes that see what is above me.

And so I come to the only One who can expand my view. The source of all light, whose word helps me understand the “bigness” of His power to save me and His love to guide me. Through it, I pray God will open my eyes so that, instead of just trees, I can see the whole forest.

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The Beautiful

Does the sight of a beautiful flower make you smile?

Do rainbows color your heart with hope?

Does a sunset get you all misty?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you are a fellow traveler with me in this grand adventure called life, where we see the beauty around us as an expression of our Creator God and we pray that same beauty be evidenced in our own hearts as grateful praise to the One who gives us breath.

As children of God, we crave beauty. We admire it in the world around us and we instinctively seek it out in other people as well. Which begs the question, “What makes us beautiful in God’s eyes?”

First, we need to realize that God does not judge the same as man. 1 Samuel 16: 7 says, “The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

So, what sort of heart does God desire? 1 Peter 3:3-4 gives us a clue.

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

This is contrary to what the world teaches. Here we learn that our beauty should come from our “inner self” and that God places great value on the UNFADING beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.

And let us remember that we may be prone, by circumstances or natural disposition, to fail to observe the beauty in and around us. I wonder how much we miss just by not looking?

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


We should be ever-mindful to pray for God to open our eyes, to allow us to see His handiwork and to “carry it with us” wherever we go.

I am praying today for God to enhance my vision. Will you join me?


Photos courtesy of Linda Moyer.